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Matching Diet to Activity Level

December 01, 2001

When it comes to extracting the maximum effort out of your performance horse, there is no doubting the importance of a sound feeding program. He needs a balanced diet to replenish fuel reserves, repair tissue, and provide a foundation for... Read More

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Nail-Free Footwear

December 01, 2001

Tough. Resilient. Protective. Whether on a human foot or a horse's hoof, a shoe supports weight and helps one overcome environmental hazards. With today’s technology, equine footwear can "stick" to a hoof without the traditional nails. Tough... Read More

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MRLS Research Yields Answers

December 01, 2001

The University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture released guidelines (below) to help horse owners and farm managers avoid mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) and the uveitis (eye) and pericarditis (heart) problems that struck horses in... Read More

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MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

December 01, 2001

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million,... Read More

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AAEP Convention News: Infection Control Strategies

November 30, 2001

The importance of minimizing exposure to infectious agents and optimizing resistance of an animal to them cannot be overemphasized. In addition to vaccination and the use of antimicrobials, infection control strategies can help save the lives of... Read More

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AAEP Convention Forum: Purchase Exams at Public Auction

November 30, 2001

One of your top clients wants you to look at a filly he has his eye on at the sales. You must give him your honest opinion on the horse by looking at radiographs taken by another veterinarian and housed in a repository.... Read More

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Airway Reactivity in Rural vs. Urban Horses

November 28, 2001

As cities continue to grow, so does pollution. It is only natural to think that horses might be affected by this pollution, since studies have found that exposure to air pollution particulate matter contributes to respiratory problems in humans.... Read More

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White Line Disease/Canker: AAEP Convention Table Topic

November 28, 2001

White line disease (hoof wall separation) and canker (chronic overgrowth of the horn-producing tissues of the foot) are hoof concerns often linked to poor hygiene. Many veterinarians and farriers think that white line disease is much more common... Read More

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General Medicine: A Review of Probiotics

November 27, 2001

The definition of probiotics was refined in 1998 to “living microorganisms, which upon ingestion in certain numbers, exert health effects beyond inherent basic nutrition.” Probiotics have been increasing in popularity due to their ability to... Read More

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Sunrise Session: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

November 26, 2001

We’ve probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with a scratching problem no one could quite figure out. In Monday’s roundtable discussion on itchy horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horse... Read More

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Restraint Techniques For Horses

November 26, 2001

Veterinarians are constantly seeking ways to perform procedures on horses as quickly and safely as possible. The inherent risk with working with an unpredictable animal has caused veterinarians and handlers to develop various methods of... Read More

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Horseman's Day at the AAEP Convention

November 26, 2001

The second annual Horseman's Day held in conjunction with the annual American Association of Equine Practitioner's (AAEP) Convention was an extreme success for all attendees. “We’re ecstatic,” said Lori Roberts, AAEP's Owner... Read More

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General Medicine: The Michigan Cushing's Project

November 26, 2001

There have been advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of Cushing’s disease; however, previously there were no studies comparing the two most used medications—pergolide, a dopaminergic agonist, and cyproheptadine, a serotonin... Read More

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Infectious Diseases Forum at AAEP Convention

November 26, 2001

The world is keeping its eye on infectious diseases because of the terroristic use of anthrax—and the potential use of other biologics--as agents of war against... Read More

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Daily Reports About the Latest in Veterinary Care from AAEP

November 21, 2001

More than 300 topics will be covered at this year’s Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) on Nov. 24-28 in San Diego, Calif. The major sessions will include several presentations each on Western performance... Read More

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USDA Increases Veterinary Presence at U.S. Ports of Entry

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the hiring of 18 veterinarians to protect American agriculture against the entry of prohibited agricultural products that may contain foreign animal diseases like foot and mouth... Read More

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USDA Exempts Iceland from Horse Testing Regulation

November 20, 2001

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service published a final rule earlier this month that amends the regulations to exempt horses from Iceland from testing for dourine, glanders, equine piroplasmosis, and... Read More

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Equine Medical Center will host "Tuesday Talks"

November 19, 2001

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, will again host its winter "Tuesday Talks" lecture series. These informal lectures feature Equine Medical Center faculty, and guest speakers discussing topics of interest in... Read More

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U.S. West Nile Virus Activity, Nov. 7-13, 2001

November 16, 2001

The following report summarizes West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance data reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through ArboNET and verified by states and other jurisdictions as of Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.

During the week of... Read More

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Kentucky Confirms WNV Suspect Case

November 16, 2001

A 2-year-old Thoroughbred at Churchill Downs in Jefferson County was confirmed today to have West Nile virus (WNV), according to the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office. That horse had been highly suspect and was being treated as a WNV case,... Read More

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Kentucky Logs More WNV Cases

November 15, 2001

Eight horses in Kentucky have been confirmed to have West Nile virus (WNV), and four of those horses have been euthanized. One of the confirmed horses was a Thoroughbred shipped to Fayette County, Kentucky, from Florida which... Read More

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MRLS Jacks Up Insurance Rates; Policies Offered as Incentives

November 15, 2001

Prospective foal insurance used to be about the new owner of a pregnant broodmare protecting his investment after the purchase. At this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale, insurance coverage became an
incentive to buy the mare in... Read More

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EPO Test Raises Questions About Regulation

November 15, 2001

The impact a New South Wales test for erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO, will have on horse racing in the United States remains to be seen.The subject will be addressed during the Dec. 4 medication summit in Tucson, Ariz.

A test for... Read More

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Agriculture Department Sponsoring Photo Contest

November 14, 2001

Got an eye for agriculture? If so, you may be interested in a new statewide contest for photographers being sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, West Kentucky Corporation and Kentucky Farm Bureau.

"The goal of this... Read More

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AQHA Unveils "Equestrian Public Service Award"

November 14, 2001

The American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) Executive Committee gave the official green light last week to launch a new award to recognize American Quarter Horses, which are specifically used in the public service sector. The Association has... Read More